24 hours in Manchester
We recently did a short break to Manchester, staying overnight at an aparthotel in the city centre. There are some great activities to do in Manchester for children of all ages, and I’ve collated together some of the best activities we got up to on our short city break.
1. Projekts Skatepark, Manchester
Right in the heart of Piccadilly, under the flyover is Manchester’s incredible Skatepark, Projekts. We cannot speak more highly of this Skatepark. They’ve recently redone it to include a cafe and expanded out the Skatepark itself, making it a no-miss family activity. Our three kids had an hour skateboarding lesson in the morning from a skateboarding pro. They are so used to teaching kids, and the improvements the children made in just 1 hour was staggering. The cafe serves delicious homemade food, and you can easily see what your kids are up to whilst you hang out with a cake & coffee - bliss! Just make sure you book your lessons in advance as they are very popular. The weekend sessions are £8 per child, and worth every penny. Check out Projekts here.
2. Lunch on the Curry Mile
No trip to Manchester is complete without a bite to eat on the famous Curry Mile. We visited Walnut, a delightful Persian restaurant who catered brilliantly (despite the name) for all of the allergies in our party (walnut being one of them!). You are really spoilt for choice with restaurants on the Curry Mile and we suggest you rock up and see which one takes your family’s fancy!
3. Manchester Museum
We then ventured to Manchester Museum, a museum owned by the University of Manchester and ideal for any budding historians. The kids loved exploring their collections on ancient cultures, archaeology and science. Don't miss the polar bear, the living tree frogs and lizards and Stan the T-rex skeleton! There’s also a cafe on the top floor which is a great spot to rest any weary legs and have a snack. And with free admission, it's a great place to explore as a family.
4. Platt Fields Park
A 10 minute drive or hearty 30 minute walk from Manchester Museum, there’s Whitworth Park, perfect for a run around & a bit of climbing! We passed a very pleasant hour exploring the park and the lake with the kids.
5. And then dinner to round off a brilliant day..
There are so many fantastic restaurants in Manchester, so it’s hard to pick one. But we recommend Wah Ji Wah, an Indian restaurant about 20 minutes drive from Whitworth Park.
And that's a wrap for our 24 hours in Manchester blog! There's so much to do in Manchester that you could easily spend a few days exploring the city. And if you need help to find the right place to stay for your family in Manchester, please don't hesitate to speak to our digital assistant Skye, who'd be happy to help!